A Cold-Blooded Scoundrel by JoAnne Soper-Cook
Paperback, 270 pages
Pub Date: June 2005
The debut of a major new crime series from a celebrated Canadian author! In London, with Jack the Ripper's crimes still raw in the great city's memory, a well-known male prostitute is brutally murdered, the head neatly severed, and the body set on fire. Detective Inspector Phillip Devlin of Scotland Yard, mid-thirties and secretly gay, is called to the murder scene by plainclothes constable Freddie Collins, and soon both Collins and Devlin are caught in a web of intrigue as more savage murders occur. A Cold-Blooded Scoundrel resonates with the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of 1880s London. Witty and engaging, it unfolds the story of a man who must brave not only the killer but also his own inner demons in order to end the violence that is harrowing the city.
About the Author JoAnne Soper-Cook was born in outport Newfoundland, received both a B.A. and M.A. from Memorial University, and now lives in St. Johnís. Her stories, poetry, and journalism have appeared in Geist, The Review, TickleAce, Waxing and Waning, Rant, The Muse, Atmospherics, and Essays on Canadian Writing and in several Newfoundland newspapers, including The Compass, The Southern Gazette, and The Packet. Her stories and commentary have been broadcast on CBC Radio and her plays have been performed at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. Johnís. Soper-Cook has also worked as an editor and has taught English Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is currently pursuing Ph.D. studies at the University of Calgary.
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